Luke Hanson is looking for work.Photo: Alistair Brightman
Luke Hanson is looking for work.Photo: Alistair Brightman

JOBSEEKER: Seeking to rebuild troubled life for his son

LUKE Hanson has spent much of his adult life in and out of jail, but he's on a mission to turn things around and ensure his son doesn't follow in his footsteps.

He freely admits he was formerly a user of meth.

Drugs had been around his family when he was growing up and history repeated.

Luke, 27, left his mother's home when he was a child and didn't meet his father until he was a teenager.

When he looks into the eyes of his 11 month old son, Levi, he knows it's up to him to break the cycle.

Luke, who has recently moved to Maryborough, bravely took to social media this week to ask for one of the ingredients he needs to turn his life around - a job.

He is willing to do anything to get back on his feet.

"Having no mother and father, I'd resorted to the street life, having to rob, steal and serve time in jail," he said.

"I'm making the decision to fight for my youngest biological child.

"I've been absent from his elder brother and sister's lives for roughly five years.

"I can't make that mistake again.

"I don't want my child to think that jail is normality.

"I intend to become everything my child can be proud of and hopefully I save a soul from a life of crime."

Bridges Health and Community Care is aiding Luke in his recovery from drugs and providing mental health support as Luke deals with depression.

He knows no one in Maryborough but is hoping his adopted city will give him a chance to show what he is capable of.

He dreams of one day becoming a firefighter and intends to volunteer for the rural fire brigade.

"Without knowing I did my best to raise my son right and getting back to my other biological children, I don't believe I could call myself a father," he said.

"I can't see another generation of my family in jail."

To get in touch with Luke, call 4120 1053.


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